This Estate Grown Cabernet has the strength to carry forward for a decade or longer.
100% Estate Vineyards 5 Vineyards Harvested — Patzimaro, Rector Creek, Candlestick Ridge, Stout and Monitor Ledge Vineyards Sub-appellations: Yountville, St. Helena, Howell Mountain
Varietal Content 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 21% Merlot Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 100% new
A classic Cabernet Sauvignon that is blended with Merlot to add complexity and round out the mid-palate, this is a layered, mouth-filling wine with ripe, integrated tannins and a fine-grained finish. Dark aromas of toffee, hickory, bacon, cedar and smoke are contrasted by vibrant elements of red currant and spearmint. On the palate, black currant and blueberry flavors dominate, underscored by notes of earth and oak.
The 2005 season began with a wet winter and spring, which led to annual rainfall totals that were well above average. We had an ideal fruit set, which produced an abundant number of full grape clusters. As a result, the vintage yielded exceptional fruit for the season. The harvest lasted over two months—into the early days of November. In many ways the 2005 season was reminiscent of the excellent 1997 vintage, which offered an abundant harvest of remarkable quality.
Release Date: September 2008
September 14—October 25, 2005
.59 g/100 ml titratable acidity
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
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